Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sandy Point kitesurfing downwinder towards the Prom then back up the inlet - great tour

Session 441. What a tour!  I left my car at the inlet, Bruce drove me back to the surf club. We started doing some tacks in the nice surf at Sandy Point.  The waves there are great for kitesurfing as its usually easy to get out the back then pick some good waves to ride back in on.

Tongue Point (L) and Shellback Island (R) in the distance

Then it was off downwind, enjoying good waves all the way to the Shallow Inlet mouth.  I was keen to go further so I took headed further along the beach.  The waves got bigger and the water got clearer and more blue.  I went as far as the first rock outcrop on the beach.  The dark shapes in the water there were small sections of reef.

The view down to Tongue Point in the distance was great, the view looking out to the dramatic Shellback Island offshore was fantastic.

I was on my own so I headed back.  Stu W, Stu S and Tarren had driven all the way back from Tathra in the morning after 4 hours kitesurfing yesterday so they were less frisky than usual.

I got back on a single tack and could have easily kept going back to the surf club but the inlet beckoned.  There was some lovely flat water and good wind.  I clocked my fastest ever speed at 53.3 km/h. Back near the car there were wind shadows, we definately had the best kitesurfing along the beach and near the mouth of the inlet.

Stoked to complete such a great session.  Next time I will scope out kiting around Tongue Point and landing at Squeaky Beach.  That would be a grand tour!

He had a good meal in the pub at Inverloch, very contented with our exploits.

Mr Styles heading out


Sunday, March 04, 2018

Kitesurfing a mild sea breeze at Ricketts Point

Session 440. A mild sea breeze at Ricketts Point provided good "staying upwind" practice, a few jumps and then some faster runs.

I got some seaweed caught in my lines when self launching which affected control of the kite - be careful with that, there is a lot of seaweed on the beach at Ricketts.

I had enough power with my Union 10, but not enough for big jumps.

Nice to see a couple of dads teaching their sons how to kitesurf, the next generation is coming

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Kitesurfing Hampton to Green Points, 30 knots and 6m kite

Session 439. Hampton delivered!  A strong southerly came in late afternoon. I headed to Hampton with Stu Styles.  It was cranking when we arrived with about 8 kiters out in the bay surf.  First time I to try out my Airush Wave 6m kite, at last . . .

Green Point

I had plenty of power to get out and about, and like its name, the Wave was really good surfing. I was able to enjoy riding waves and not get pulled off them.  The kite turns nicely and drifts down the line well.  I had it fully powered for the entire session.  I tried some jumps, it doesn't boost like the Unions but that's OK in strong wind.

It was a bit crowded at Hampton so I toured down to Green Point where a good surf was rolling into the beach and along the reef at the point.  I did three runs through the waves, with the kite performing really well.  I got my money's worth with this one session!

Heading back, the kite went upwind well too.  I get back to Hampton with only a couple of tacks.  Stu was on the beach and said he was maxxed out on his Union 8.  He took the Wave 6 out for a short surf and really noticed the difference, riding waves coming back in.

Wow, just wow.  Hampton and Green Point are so good when the wind hits the magic 30 knots.

Green Point

Green Point

Green Point

Green Point

Mr Styles @ Hampton